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In which trailers can make or break a movie

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I’m back ladies and gents! (As in back to my regular babbling after a month of poetry of dubious quality…) And as of today I have officially finished with all my coursework for the year! So excited! Anyways….I should be doing housework right now, but I kinda missed the randomness that are my Tuesday post so, in honour of immaturity and unrealistic expectations, here’s the top ten trailer clips that made or broke movie expectations for me:

1. Avengers: Age of Ultron

While the full trailer was cool (and so was the movie for the matter…) any chance Ultron had to be considered a menace in my book was lost when he quoted Disney’s freaking Pinocchio! Dude, you have access to the entire World Wide Web through whatever passes as your brain! Couldn’t you find something more bad-ass for your trailer line?

2. The Craft

I was going to watch it, I swear! Then tagline “Exorcise your rites” appeared. I can forgive the 90s for A LOT, but lame puns? No, sir this is where I draw the line. Especially when it’s puns that don’t make much sense. Although, having watched the trailer, I now have this theory that The Craft is a prequel to The Mentalist series, focusing on Teresa Lisbon’s teenage rebellion phase. Oh, the crossover possibilities!

3. The Last Airbender

WARNING! STRONG LANGUAGE FOLLOWS!

-ahem- Fuck you! Whoever greenlit that movie, I will happily feed to the (completely out of nowhere, deus ex machina) dragon. The clip I have here is actually not the trailer I watched before I saw the movie (that was the other one with the Fire Nation ship approaching the Air Temple that never made it to the movie) but it still showcases most of the wrongs: blah acting, lightning that is all wrong, ridiculous displays of bending (especially if you, like me, are a fan of the original show), the booming sound effect from Inception and did I mention the fact that not a single hint of the lightness of the series made it here? Seriously, watch the Nostalgia Critic’s review or the Honest Trailer, they’ll prepare you better for the movie than the official trailer. Or better yet! Watch the animated series. Ok, rant over. Moving on.

4. Rise of the Guardians

Saw this one on the cinema, and oh my various gods I was hyped! Couldn’t wait for the movie to come out and watched as soon as it was out. Did it live up to my expectations? For from it! It exceeded them! (And of course the chance to hear the voice of Wolverine coming from a bunny for a treat on its own…) This is one of those trailers that I love. Give you just enough of the plot and characters to get you excited but not enough to make feel you don’t need to watch the movie. -sigh- Now if only we could get a sequel….

5. Brave

Um…false expectations anyone? I really liked this trailer, it showed so much promise. And don’t get me wrong, the movie wasn’t that bad. Wasn’t great either but at least it wasn’t -shudder- Cars. Also, reminding the audience of previous, more successful movies from your studio? Not very classy.

6. Star Trek: Into Darkness

This one’s a special case. Yes, it doesn’t give us much in terms of what-the-heck-is-happening, which I suppose it to be expected since they were trying to keep the identity of the villain a secret. One the other hand, it was a very well edited couple of minutes and it had Benedict Cumberbatch and snarky!Spock, so my inner-fangirl was appeased enough to shut up the inner-critic.

7. Hunchback of Notre Dame

Ok, confession time. I hadn’t watched this trailer before I started writing this post. However, Hunchback of Notre Dame is one my favourite Disney movies and I was curious to see how they first promoted it. -sob- Good thing I watched the movie first… Talk about underwhelming. Oh, and the way they mash the lines together? Yeah, it doesn’t work. It just confuses you when you watch the movie and realise that what you thought was single scene is actually three different ones duct-taped together. My recommendation? Go straight for the movie.

8. Tinker Bell and the Pirate Fairy

Yes, I watched it. No, I am not ashamed. It had Tom Hiddleston as a singing, younger version of Captain Hook. Sue me, it sounded cool! Was it cool? So-so. If you’re looking for mindless fun, yeah. Come on, it’s a Tinker Bell movie!

9. Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice

Will I be watching the movie? Noooooooooooooo! Guys, get it through your heads! Angst and drama are all well and good, but they cannot be the only characteristics you promote in a movie! I will be the first to admit that I am not very familiar with the DC-verse outside the Justice League cartoon, but it cannot be all doom and gloom. Also, the glow-y eyes thing in the new Batman costume. It looks silly. Also, also, IMBd says that Wonder Woman and Aquaman are confirmed as characters. They’re not exactly small fry, so why the heck are they not even hinted at at the trailer? If you’re going to set up for a Justice League movie, don’t keep the focus on tall-dark-and-justifiably-broody and tall-dark-and-OOC-broody.

10. Rise of the Avengers (fanvid)

Okay, I cheated with this one. It’s not a legit movie. But gosh, I wish it was! Found it a few nights ago, when I was on YouTube for way longer than what is probably healthy. I’m not gonna say anything other than it is one of the best mash-up trailers I have ever seen and if anyone knows of a fanfic along these lines PLEASE send me a link!

 

So, what do you think? Any trailers that should have been included? (I almost put the new Star Wars one, but I’m holding out for the movie before I pass judgement. The only reason Batman vs Superman made it to the list is because I was really, really, really peeved about the whole not-including-Wonder Woman thing….)

 

Additional disclaimer: It goes without saying that the trailers belong to whoever owns the rights to the movies/characters/however copyright works. I’m only spreading the love and the snark (and in the case of Last Airbender, the unadulterated loathing).

In which my whole world just rearranged itself

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I will be the first to admit that I do not have a head for names. Not at all. Which might explain why I can go for years without knowing which actor played some of my favourite characters… Who I might be talking about? Mark Hamill, who -as I’ve veeeeery recently discovered- not only played Luke Skywalker in the original (AWESOME!) Star Wars trilogy but also the Joker in the Batman: Animated Series, Justice League, Superman: the Animated Series, The New Batman Adventures and a few others.

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I mean, I know that good actors are capable of playing diverse characters, and I deeply admire them for that. But on a meta level I can’t help but wonder if that was what the Emperor meant in Return of the Jedi when he said that Luke would inevitably fall to the Dark Side. I mean we go from this:

To this:

Even in terms of vocals, you have to admit it’s a bit of a jump…. Although… if it meant a Star Wars/ DCAU crossover I would not be complaining!

 

What I’m trying to say is, it’s just weird when you associate a certain actor with a role to find out that he has also played something as different. I’m not saying typecasting is good, but usually you can still see hints of one performance bleeding in another, even if it’s just in your head. (Hence I cannot watch Noah without feeling the compulsion to sing the Javert’s Suicide segment from Les Miserables…) I think it’s a matter of associations, like that saying, “you never forget your first Mr. Darcy” (Colin Firth RULES!) or the original vs re-made Star Trek movies (Both! Come on! They’re both good for their own reasons! And if you’re going to whine about J. J. Abrams’ use of lens flares, then you also have to complain about that painfully long shot of the Enterprise in the first movie. Each decade has its gimmicks.)

 

Although, I have to wonder…has anyone done a dub of the old Star Wars with Luke’s lines being replaced with those of the Joker? Because, I’d love to see that!

 

 

 

 

P.S. This post had -OF COURSE- nothing to do with me procrastinating on my work. No, officer! Not at all!

11 reasons it pays to be single on Valentine’s Day

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In honour of the upcoming Never-you-mind-my-relationship-status Day, here are my personal top eleven reasons on why Valentine’s Day is better for the singles.

  1. You get to have the house all to yourself. While your flatmates are out with their significant others you get to have a three hour long bubble bath with no one trying to break the door.
  2. You save money: no one to expect extravagant gifts means your budget might just get you through the month.
  3. No pre-date nerves of the “Ohmygoshwhattowearvariety”.
  4. Ladies: if you want to be lazy and NOT shave your legs, no one will know.
  5. No struggle to fit yet-another plushy to your already alarmingly large collection.
  6. If you want to have a junk food night in, washed down with a tub of Ben and Jerries, there’s bound to be someone on your friends list to join you.
  7. No embarrassingly sappy posts on Facebook/Twitter that you know you will regret in a few weeks’ time.
  8. You don’t have to sit through a movie you hate and pretend to like it for your date’s sake.
  9. Better yet! You don’t have to share your popcorn!
  10. You don’t lose sight of what’s important: specifically the upcoming Pancake Day.
  11. Massive chocolate clearance on every supermarket on the 15ht.

P.S. Kudos to the Nostalgia Critic for the Top 11 gimmick.